Belonging to a statewide and/or local homeschooling group is a great idea, and the importance of staying connected to other homeschoolers in an area cannot be overstated.
On the other hand, homeschooling moms are women, too, so sometimes all a mommy really needs is a local “mom’s group”.
Mom’s groups come in many shapes and sizes and most communities usually have several to choose from. These range from local chapters of national groups to informal groups of women who just enjoy getting out once in a while.
Mom’s groups are easy to organize and take little more than someones living room, a local Starbucks or a favorite sushi restaurant to hold meetings.
Mom’s groups are different from [strictly] homeschooler groups in that they satisfy the need for women to gather, enjoy activities and conversation, and do the kinds of things that – let’s face it – women need to do. Often, without the kids, too.
Moms love talking about kids and schooling, but conversations among women may include everything else, too. There is no better place than a mom’s group to talk about the best restaurants, the best shopping, meddling in-laws, dieting frustrations and generally catch up with old friends. Sometimes, a mom’s group can be the only place a woman might trust to share marriage and childbirth concerns, reveal financial problems, ask about inexpensive meal ideas, plan a home shopping party, or talk about an embarrassing medical problem.
Women-only support systems have a special place in the life of a homeschooling mom. There is a distinctive feel and a special dynamic that is only felt when groups of women get together. This can sometimes be duplicated in homeschooling groups, but sometimes not, as these groups are centered primarily around families and schooling, and frequently include dads and kids, too. This by itself really helps explain why many homeschooling moms join local mommy groups, too.
To find local mom’s groups in your area, try chapters of MOPS, Meetup, MOMS, and others. Also check day care facilities, indoor play centers, community centers, and libraries for even more listings. You can also scour the Internet, looking for local Yahoo and other groups catering only to local mommies.